History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The mines were last worked in the 1830s, but by the late 19th century the caverns and tunnels at Chislehurst had become a popular tourist attraction for Victorian visitors. In WWI the mines were used an an ammunition depot, an outpost of the Woolwich Arsenal. A narrow gauge railway was established to speed up the movement of goods through the tunnels. During WWII the mines were used as a large air raid shelter; in fact, Chislehurst was the largest shelter outside London.
Guided tours take visitors through the three main sections of the caves, separated into 'Druid', Saxon, and Roman areas.
About Chislehurst Caves
Address: Caveside Close, Old Hill, Chislehurst, Kent, England, BR7 5NL
Attraction Type: Family Attraction
Location: A short stroll from the railway station in Chislehurst (by rail from Charing Cross and London Bridge). Off the A222 onto Station Road, then right onto Caveside Close.
Website: Chislehurst Caves
Phone: (020) 8467 3264
Photo Credit: Bill Payer, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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